WCF president Scobey: Upping farmer productivity means less need to encroach on forestland

Analysis: Chocolate sector's deforestation pledge

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end d...

General Mills blamed a lack of innovation for its sales woes

General Mills sales woes continue - analysis

General Mills this week reported another quarter of falling sales, leading industry watchers to wonder if the US food giant will lessen its...

'Unilever has reduced operational, regulatory and reputational risk associated with deforestation, supplier exploitation and water scarcity'

Column: Kraft Heinz, Unilever and sustainability

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibil...

'We have been reasoning from farm to fork. We need to reason from fork back to farm'

Analysis: Aiming for fresh start for food systems

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, red...

Fairtrade now 'partner' to Mondelez's own Cocoa Life sustainability programme

Column: Fairtrade can still be watchful partner

Mondelez International's decision to change the way it works with Fairtrade sparked questions about the future of the ethical certification....

Campbell Soup Co. among companies showing interest in trend of personalisation

Why personalisation will take-off in US food

As they search for paths to growth, there is increasing interest among food companies operating in the US in developing products or services...


Restaurant Brands International to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Freshii eyes UK - foodservice focus, February 2017 8 Mar 17

Brazil-based private-equity group 3G Capital grabbed the FMCG industry headlines in February with Kraft Heinz's ultimately unsuccessful play for Unilever. However, one 3G-backed company did clinch a deal - and it was in the foodservice sector. Elsewhere, Canadian fast-casual chain Freshii was looking to enter the UK and US fast-food operator Carl's Jr was reported to be embarking on its latest push in India.


Wal-Mart's US pricing initiative, Aldi and Lidl US expansion, Tesco staff restructuring – retail round-up, February 2017 7 Mar 17

February saw Wal-Mart signal an acceleration of the price war brewing in the US grocery sector, while discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to progress their own agendas in the country. Tesco's steady improvements in the UK continued and the group revealed plans to further adjust its staffing strategy. Here are some of the highlights from the world of grocery retail over the past month. 

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China eases ban on Brazil meat exports

Dean Best | 27 Mar 17 China has almost fully lifted on Brazil meat imports

China, one of the Brazilian meat industry major international customers, was among a number of countries to either fully or ease bans on the country's imports that were introduced in the wake of the corruption allegations that have swirled around the sector.


UK food calls for EU free-trade deal post-Brexit

John Shepherd | 27 Mar 17 UK trade groups want 'two-way tariff-free trade' over 'the medium term'

UK food industry organisations in the UK today (27 March) urged the Government to negotiate "a smooth and orderly Brexit", including "tariff-free trade" in the medium term.


Chinese food group Tingyi sees profits tumble

John Shepherd | 27 Mar 17 Noodle maker Tingyi saw profits slide in 2016

Tingyi Holding Corp., the Hong Kong-listed food and beverage group, today (27 March) booked a 31% slump in annual profits as a result of rising costs and a wider industry facing "the change in trends in domestic demand".

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Annabel Karmel targets "huge potential" of exports

Lassonde sales grow, but brands weigh

UK baker Rowe's acquired by investment firm

Strauss books 2016 sales, earnings growth

US bread brand Entenmann's moves into chocolate

International drive helps boost Granarolo in 2016

CapVest to buy UK pork firm Karro Food Group

Ajinomoto backs plant-based protein firm Hinoman

Farmhouse Culture taps demand for gut-health products – Expo West interview 24 Mar 17

Katy AskewFarmhouse Culture taps growing demand for probiotics, snacks and organics

US firm Farmhouse Culture produces what – at first glance – might sound like a traditional product: fermented or pickled vegetables. But, in re-imagining the production method, first developed primarily as a preservation technique, Farmhouse Culture – which has recently secured investment from General Mills – has updated the concept in a way that is proving appealing to US consumers. Katy Askew spoke to Farmhouse Culture director of marketing Marc McCullagh to find out more. 


Adelie Foods CEO Martin Johnson on "turnaround" of UK food-to-go firm - interview 15 Mar 17

Dean BestAdelie Foods looking to carve out position of growth in UK food-to-go

On its fourth majority shareholder in five years, with contracts lost and won and a manufacturing network restructured, Adelie Foods, the UK sandwiches-to-salads supplier, is a business aiming for a period of growth - and stability. Dean Best caught up with CEO Martin Johnson as Adelie Foods set out its latest strategic move, the relaunch of Daily Bread, a brand it acquired from Hain Celestial in 2012.


"Fairtrade is all about change" - Fairtrade Foundation chief executive Michael Gidney on new partnership with Mondelez International 9 Mar 17

Ben CooperGidney 'very excited' about new 'partnership' with Mondelez International

As the annual Fairtrade Fortnight promotional period continues in the UK, Ben Cooper spoke with Michael Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, about the new partnership it has struck with Mondelez International and the future for Fairtrade collaboration with major food companies.

Premier pension news offers cheer but challenges remain

Katy Askew, just-food editorial team Katy Askew | 28 Mar 17

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) that it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.


Another reshuffling of pack at Hain Celestial

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 13 Mar 17

Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack.


FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 2 Mar 17

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.

Brexit and the food industry

Brexit and the food industry

How will the UK's departure from the EU affect the food industry? This page brings together the latest news and views on the impact Brexit could have on the sector.

Brazil's meat industry embroiled in scandal

Brazil's meat industry embroiled in scandal

Brazilian police allege large meat processing companies of paying politicians and inspectors from Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture to overlook unsanitary practices.

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

3G Capital and Warren Buffett's latest move in food has been to sound out the Ben & Jerry's and Knorr owner about a combination.

Nestle's new CEO unveils 2016 results - and sets out stall

Nestle's new CEO unveils 2016 results - and sets out stall

The numbers from the world's largest food maker included its slowest growth for 20 years, while new boss Mark Schneider ended the company's long-standing sales target and set out plans to step up restructuring.

Is Sugar the next Tobacco?

Is Sugar the next Tobacco?

Pressure to reduce sugar in food is growing. On the back of effective campaigning and the publication of new dietary advice by influential health bodies, sugar reduction has risen to the top of the dietary health agenda during the past three years... Read more

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